They have given up more than we can possibly imagine.
The road is long. And hard.
The endless hours at the gym.
The training. Conditioning. Practicing. Visualizing.
Pushing their bodies~ and sometimes their minds~ to the limit.
Dreaming. Wishing. Praying.
Do I have what it takes to make it to the Olympics?
This week in San Jose, we have heard it over & over from the gymnasts we interviewed:
It’d be such an honor to be on the team.
It would be a dream come true to go to the Olympics.
Being an Olympic athlete is all I’ve ever wanted.
I’m in absolute awe of these athletes.
Every single one of the gymnasts here in San Jose are younger than me. Some by well over a decade.
And yet, the level of maturity & discipline required to be a contender for the US Gymnastics Team is staggering. Being able to witness this commitment first hand has given me an entirely new appreciation for this sport & the wonderful athletes that are a part of it.
I’m witnessing history here in California.
I’m seeing hopes and dreams and years~ lifetimes~ of strength & dedication come to fruition.
The tension & focus in the arena is palpable: our team joked that our palms were sweating for the athletes.
We celebrated each stuck landing & graceful flip through the air, anguished over the heart-wrenching mis-steps & slip-ups.
To each of those athletes who are vying for a spot on that coveted Olympics team:
For having so much pride in our country that you have put training above all else in your life, just for a chance to make it onto our US Olympic Team.
You have what it takes to make America proud.
And regardless of if your time here in California ends with a triumphant celebration or a tearful what-if:
We are proud of you.
We are still rooting for you.
And we appreciate you,
because your strength, dedication & pride has pushed each of us to want to be even better versions of ourselves.
Counting My Kisses: Being at HP Pavilion on Thursday for the men’s Round 1 Trials was positively exhilarating. I’ve always appreciated the grace & strength of this sport, but experiencing this level of competition in person makes it all the more powerful. It is such a privilege to be representing the SITS Girls & the P&G Thank You Mom campaign at the Olympic Trials~ I can hardly wait for the women’s competition on Friday night!